Shoreham-Wading River: “Wines of the East End” event and a memorial brick drive

As they say in farm country on the first day of spring: “Yee-haw.” There’s nothing like realizing that when you open the door, the temperature on the outside is the same as the temperature inside. Nature can still rain down on us, but for the most part, it’s smooth sailing from here. With half of the population coughing, hacking and sneezing, this is a good thing.

And now that it’s spring, the Shoreham-Wading River Community Programs are afoot. There are several classes of interest for students and adults alike, from field hockey to “Atomic Zumba” for the younger set and “Let’s Draw” to zumba for adults. All you have to do is log onto and access the 2011 Spring Brochure, then download the registration form. Make your check out to SWR Community Programs and mail to 250 B Route 25, Shoreham, NY 11786-2192. Don’t wait; seating is limited and, as they say, the early bird catches the worm.

Let’s picture it even warmer and enjoy a night out of town for a good cause, with music and wine, good food and good people. You can join some really good folk from Little Flower School by attending a “Wines of the East End” event on Sunday, May 15, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Vineyard Caterers in Aquebogue. Several local wineries will be represented, with entertainment by Mambo Loco and an auction of a variety of gifts. All proceeds will go to the Little Flower School Foundation to provide students with recreational outings, field trips and daily incentives. Organizers have no funding to help them with this, so your effort will really make a difference. For more information or to purchase tickets or sponsorships, call 929-4300 and ask for Christine Evola. Advance tickets cost $35 per person and $60 for couples.

If you would like to get in on the Memorial Brick Drive at Rocky Point Fire Department’s Fire Company Number 3 in Shoreham, now is the time. The company’s 9/11 Memorial Drive will honor Kevin Williams, a Shoreham resident who perished in the Sept. 11 attacks on the twin towers in Manhattan. Contributions for benches, trees and bricks can be made by contacting Chief Mike Yacubich at 744-2390. Ground-breaking is expected to take place soon. Secretary to the chief Deb Handle told me, “If every business in the community purchased a brick, this effort would be a resounding success.”

Enjoy all that spring has to offer, be a part of something that makes a difference, do something that makes you yell “Yee-haw” and we’ll meet again here next week.